At the end of 2009, my son was diagnosed with Stage 4 nasal cancer where the tumor had spread to the socket of his right eye. The doctor scheduled him for chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. At that point in time, the doctor also cautioned him that his right eye might be affected during the course of the radiotherapy treatments.
He was devastated to learn of his cancer and the fact that the treatments may cause blindness to the right eye affected him even more. It was indeed a challenging time for him, his wife and my family. My daughter who resides in Australia, took unpaid leave to be with him during this difficult period. She accompanied her brother for all the chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions. I was touched by her unselfish acts of love.
During my daily contemplation, I asked the Mahanta to give me the strength to go through this ordeal. Though it was a painful time for my family and me, I trusted the ECK and the Mahanta to take care of things.
Things began to change for me. I noticed I was growing stronger with each passing day as I maintained my inner link with the Light and Sound of God through my regular Spiritual Exercises and singing HU, our love song to God. Staying connected to the Divine Spirit kept me attentive to the subtle intrusion of negative thoughts.
On one particular night, during my contemplation, in my inner vision, I saw a big green field. In the distance was a huge waterfall. The splashing sound from the waterfall filled me with love and wonder. In that vision, I saw Gopal Das accompanying my son towards the waterfall and heard the very soft sound of HU which grew louder and louder. I asked Gopal Das for a deeper understanding of this experience.
When I emerged from this contemplation, I was filled with this deep yearning to share the HU with my son who is a Christian by faith. I surrendered the situation fully to the ECK Masters and trusted the opportunity would come for me to share the HU with him. A couple of days later, the opportune time came when my son decided to stay with me for a while. I told him to listen to the HU CD that was enclosed in the book HU, the Most Beautiful Prayer. He confided in me that he, in his own way had pleaded for the strength to beat the cancer. He told me he was willing to try anything to keep his spirit whol
Days later, whilst we were having a chat, he told me that when he read the book and listened to the HU song, he experienced a feeling of calm and serenity. I told him it was a good sign and encouraged him to keep singing the HU.
During one of his treatment sessions, I sensed him singing HU silently. I closed my eyes and felt the whole room fill with a very warm energy, and in my inner vision, I saw Gopal Das smiling at him. At that moment, I knew that my son was in good hands.
My son has recovered from his illness. The ECK Masters have showered their blessings on him. It is their tender love and care that have helped him fight the cancer with dignity and grace.
I am indeed grateful to the Mahanta for giving me the inner strength to go through this challenging period. This painful period has brought spiritual healing to my family and drawn us ever closer to each other. Watching them grow in love has enriched my life immensely.